Marilyn Singer had been teaching English in New York City high schools for several years when she began writing in 1974. Initially, she wrote film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides and filmstrips. Then one day when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, she penned a story featuring talking insects she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories and in 1976 her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published. Since then, Marilyn has published more than 50 books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it's challenging and it keeps her from getting bored. Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx, New York, and lived most of her early life in North Massapequa on Long Island, New York. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Queens and a MA in Communications from New York University. An award-winning author, Marilyn lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Steve; their standard poodle, Easy; three cats named Freckle, November, and August; two collard doves named Jubilee and Holiday; and a starling named Darling. Her interests include dog training, reading, hiking, bird watching, gardening, meditation, T'ai Chi, playing computer adventure games and going to the movies and theatre. She's also a major Star Trek fan. Visit Marilyn Singer's website!